All Events

There are events for just about every age and interest at the Book Festival, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. Around 1000 authors appear in over 800 events, including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Catherine Mayer

Why Women’s Equality is Crucial for All

Saturday 26 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

You would have thought that the inequality of women would have been consigned to the bigoted bin of history by now. When journalist and author Catherine Mayer decided that a new political party needed to be formed to tackle this issue, it proved there...

Pant-astic Parties with Sarah McIntyre

Age 4-7

Saturday 26 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Prince Pip cannot wait to pick out his special birthday pants, but when he goes to the drawer it's empty! How can he go to the party without them? See award-winning illustrator Sarah McIntyre draw the crazy underwear found in The Prince of Pants and...
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Juliana Buhring

The Cycle of Life for a Record-Breaker

Saturday 26 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Story Shop

Saturday 26 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.

Janey Louise Jones & Jennie Poh: Superfairies

Age 6-9

Saturday 26 August 3:15pm - 4:00pm

Come along and create your own fairy wand with the author and illustrator of the beloved Superfairies series, Janey Louise Jones and Jennie Poh. Share your love of animals and fairies in a magical, hands-on event packed full of fun and fairy dust.

Nicholas Hytner

Making Theatre Popular

Saturday 26 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

As Director of the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner revamped Shakespeare, introduced a new pricing structure and put theatre onto the big screen, along the way enticing sizeable new audiences. In his book Balancing Acts he details the difficulty of...

Lina Meruane & Janne Teller

Calling All Bibliophiles

Saturday 26 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Danish novelist and short story writer Janne Teller has won numerous awards. With her novel War, out in Denmark in 2001 but just published in the UK last year, she embarks on a thought-provoking experiment: what if Europe falls apart, and you must flee...

Hari Kunzru with David Mitchell

Writing Around the Music

Saturday 26 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

How do fiction writers construct stories that are inspired by music? David Mitchell chews over this conundrum with Hari Kunzru, a novelist who has answered the question with his new book. White Tears is a ghost story, a murder mystery, a timely...

Philip Ardagh: Medieval Mayhem

Age 7-10

Saturday 26 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

This is Philip Ardagh's 20th year at the Book Festival but he promises that he does go home inbetween. Join the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author as he shares the silly secrets of being a knight in training in The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge....